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Where to live in Malta???

hey guys


So....


Myself, girlfriend and two dogs are heading to Malta for 6 months either in November or December this year....


Which area of Malta do we look at renting in?


We are happy to drive, so being on top of nightlife etc is not too important. Something close by would be great, but would rather drive 10 - 15 mins rather than have a much smaller property for 6 months...

We would prefer the dogs to have  larger garden... We are good being in the countryside.......


I just don't know where to start looking in terms of areas?


Any advice at all?

You will be lucky to get a large garden in Malta, how well do you know the island?

When I say a large garden I mean a garden as large as possible....

Dogs go everywhere with us so not a problem but a bit of outside space.

We don’t know the island at all. Never been there.. but we are going!


Many thanks for the reply.


Guy

Hi Guy welcome to the Forum,

Why Malta if you have never been to the island before?

Not entirely sure to be honest.

We often spend 4 - 6 months away from the uk winters and thought Malta may be a good choice. Have had friends who have travelled there and love it.

Why? Is it a bad idea? I bet just spoken to my third real estate agent who has put me off the idea but I’m insistent on giving it a go!


Guy

GED Prod LTD :

When I say a large garden I mean a garden as large as possible....

Dogs go everywhere with us so not a problem but a bit of outside space.

We don’t know the island at all. Never been there.. but we are going!


Many thanks for the reply.


Guy

If you have never been to Malta it would be advisable to have a short break first I would never come here with the hassle of bringing dogs without visiting first, as you may find it would not be suitable for dogs.  With regard to renting please do not take too much notice of the agents adverts as most place will not be available.  I am not trying to put you off, we love living on Gozo and love it as it's much quieter then Malta but not so good if you have to work.   Good luck.

GED Prod LTD :

Not entirely sure to be honest.

We often spend 4 - 6 months away from the uk winters and thought Malta may be a good choice. Have had friends who have travelled there and love it.

Why? Is it a bad idea? I bet just spoken to my third real estate agent who has put me off the idea but I’m insistent on giving it a go!


Guy

What is right for some is not always right for others, I would highly recommend one of you flying out first for a long weekend first just to check out the place first. Driving from the UK all that way first with 2 dogs, just for you to hate the place would be in my eyes a waste of time and money.

When I did my travels, I was young and I had already been to the places I visited so I knew what I was going to expect. The only one place was where I am now Austria I had not been too, but I already had an apartment to move into with my misses and I had a job. After 6 months here, I loved the place that much I did sell my house in Wales and bought a house here. But it was only me, with no pets and its was a simple flight from Luton to Vienna. If I hated the place I could always fly back.

I hope this is of some help.

SimCityAT
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Many thanks for the replies guys.

Much appreciated!

I think my main concern is that it appears as if the ads the agents put on their websites seem to be untrue or so I am told. I have yet to find a listing that is anywhere near up to date.


So yes, we shall fly over in the next week or so and spend a few days looking around to see if we can firstly find a property within the £2000pcm region... then take things from there!


Many thanks and if you have anything else to add I’m all ears.


Guy

GED Prod LTD :

Many thanks for the replies guys.

Much appreciated!

I think my main concern is that it appears as if the ads the agents put on their websites seem to be untrue or so I am told. I have yet to find a listing that is anywhere near up to date.


So yes, we shall fly over in the next week or so and spend a few days looking around to see if we can firstly find a property within the £2000pcm region... then take things from there!


Many thanks and if you have anything else to add I’m all ears.


Guy

Wise choice Guy, best to find a place first and get the feeling of the place.

Maybe you could ask for some advice or a guide from here when you arrive?

Good luck

Also with many rented properties, they often don't take pets, which makes the such even harder.

And the realtors will often tell you they won't take renters for any less than 12 months.

You have a good budget so should be able to find somewhere, most rentals are for twelve months but as it's near the end of season you may be able to get a holiday let.  It is pointless talking to agents
before you arrive here, if you read previous posts, use the search button, you will find some face book recommendations regards renting.   Having two dogs may be a problem but many people do have dogs.  Whilst here why not visit Gozo as there are some really good dog walking areas.  Good luck.

You can gauge location, prices and conditions by checking out the following Facebook groups.

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3

Don't fall in for scammers offering to reserve properties if you pay the deposit before arriving. Also don't wait to long to commit for a rental; its first in best dressed and places move quick.

If I were you I would not let any future agent/landlord know what you are prepared to spend. £2,000 a month is an insane figure. Unfortunately in recent years rents have gone through the roof mainly due to newcomers paying vastly inflated prices in the rental market. The most popular/ expensive areas are also those which are the most noisy and densely crowded i.e., sliema and st Julian's, there is a long promenade but open spaces are non existent if you enjoy walking your dogs in the locality. I would suggest one of the smaller towns or villages, marsascala on the south coast for instance. You would get far better value for money and more space , it's by the seaside and enjoys some good walking areas , ideal for your dogs. Whatever you decide on be prepared for a hugely over populated island with a very congested road system. Good luck

Many thanks for the replies guys..

I had a chat with a real estate agent last night who laughed at me when I mentioned a figure of £1500-£2000 pcm they told me I have no chance of anything less than £4000pcm?!


Very confusing indeed.....

I shall be planning a trip over to Malta the end of next week for a recce and hopefully that will help make things a little clearer....

Essentially we travel with our dogs in the uk winter months every year, we are fortunate that our work quietens down then and often take this opportunity to see the world.

I have to say Malta seems a tricky little place to base for a few months?! But we are determined to give it a go if possible!!

Guy

As previously advised don't speak to any agents until you are here, to say you have to pay that amount is rubbish, if you only intend to stay over the winter why not try Gozo as rental prices have risen but still cheaper then Malta.

If it were me, and I was looking for space I would look at inland locations rather than seaside.  Sliema, Valletta, and St. Julians you can rule out due to pricing and lack of space.  Either that or look North.

Best of luck!

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